[ISN] DARPA Contest Aims to Create Self-Defending Networks

http://www.eweek.com/security/darpa-contest-aims-to-create-self-defending-networks.html By Robert Lemos eWEEK.com 2014-06-03 Thirty teams will participate in the Cyber Grand Challenge, aiming to make networks smart enough to detect and repair vulnerabilities before attackers can exploit them. Aiming to make computer networks and systems self-defending, more than 30 teams will compete in the U.S. government’s first-ever Cyber Grand Challenge, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency announced on June 3. The contest will challenge teams to create systems that can detect vulnerabilities in a network and fix them before attackers can exploit the flaws to penetrate the network and their underlying data stores. Defenders normally need to find flaws, create patches and deploy those software updates to harden their networks against attack. Yet, the process takes time. While more than 80 percent of attacks compromise systems in days, less than 20 percent of incidents are detected by defenders in the same amount of time, according to the latest Data Breach Investigations Report released by communications services firm Verizon. The Cyber Grand Challenge aims to find a solution to that fundamental imbalance between attackers and defenders, Mike Walker, DARPA program manager, said in a statement announcing the contest. […]




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[ISN] Police: Pair lied in attempt to enter Naperville bank’s back room

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/naperville_lisle/chi-police-pair-lied-in-attempt-to-enter-naperville-banks-back-room-20140603,0,1899443.story By Adam Sege Tribune reporter June 3, 2014 Police in Naperville are investigating after a man and woman falsely claimed they worked for a telephone carrier as they asked to be let into a back room of a local bank, authorities said. Officials in the west suburb said the pair walked into the bank May 28 and asked to be let into a room with telephone equipment, said they had an appointment to update the bank’s telephone system. When bank officials determined they did not work for the the company they claimed to, the pair was turned down and walked away, police said in a news release. Police describe the man as white, 25 to 35 years old, between 5’7” and 5’10”, with an average build, dark wavy or curly hair and no facial hair. The man was dressed in a dark suit, dark slacks, a white dress shirt and a dark tie, according to police. The woman is described as black, in her 30s, with an average build, relaxed or permed dark hair and a medium complexion. She wore a business-type suit, a blouse and low heels, and she was carrying a Coach purse, police said. […]


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[ISN] Why did Microsoft choose to put its cybersecurity accelerator in Israel?

http://features.techworld.com/sme/3523085/why-did-microsoft-choose-to-put-its-cybersecurity-accelerator-in-israel/ By Sam Shead Techworld 03 June 2014 Microsoft is looking to make friends and partner with innovative tech start-ups across the world through designated spaces known as accelerators. Accelerators usually offer a fixed-term, cohort-based programme, that includes mentorship and educational components and culminates in a public pitch event or demo day where the start-ups can potentially secure funding. Microsoft has opened several accelerators for generic tech start-ups over the last couple of years in cities like Berlin, London and Tel Aviv but now it is looking to focus on particular areas where it sees a growing demand. That is why yesterday it announced it is launching a new cybersecurity programme out of its existing Tel Aviv accelerator. A Microsoft spokesperson said: “Israel is considered a hub of knowledge and excellence in the cyber space, and offers the range we were looking for with relevant start-ups, top-notch mentors and program partners. […]


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